Is Your Outdoor Lighting Too Bright?

If you or a neighbor have noticed a glare coming from your outdoor lights, the problem may be that your lights are shining outward, rather than down, directly on what they are supposed to be illuminating.

It’s important to remember that good neighbor etiquette doesn’t start and end with keeping music to a low volume, indeed, the brightness of your outdoor lights will also impact the relationship you have with your neighbors.

Of course, people want and need outdoor lighting but to avoid any conflict, the remedy can be as simple as installing unidirectional lighting with shielded fixtures or flush-mounting, rather than unshielded floodlights.

If the purpose of your outdoor lighting is to simply illuminate objects, you can choose lights which are typically lower wattage (and therefore reduce energy consumption). As well as enhancing the visibility of the illuminated area, there is also a reduced glare.

The great thing about smart lighting is that it’s directional in nature. This means that rather than lighting the sky, it just illuminates the intended area. We may be unaware of this, but the natural light of the sky that we’re used to may be largely influenced by the number of outdoor lights. The more people that have awareness of the glare of their outdoor lights, the more likely they can play a role in reducing light pollution.

4 Of The Best Outdoor Decorating Ideas to Try This Summer

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to make your outdoor nest cosy and beautiful. You don’t need to break the bank to give your garden a summer makeover – all it takes is a few simple touches. In this blog post, we bring you our favorite outdoor decorating ideas for summer.

Outdoor Lights Add Charm

We’re a lighting company, so the first recommendation on our list is choosing outdoor lights to add some charm to your garden, and with so many options to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. Landscape lightings are great for trees, pathways, ponds and more, each adding its own personal touch to your outdoor space. You can even get creative with your own DIY lighting projects.

Make The Most Of Your Space

One of the main reasons people choose to do nothing with their garden is because of a lack of space. If you have a small outdoor space, go for a vertical garden, i.e. planting along a wall or fence. This way you can still make your garden look beautiful without creating a cluttered appearance. Summer is also a great time to grow edible plants, such as basil, parsley and mint.

Bird Is The Word

If you dream of birds singing on a Sunday morning, there’s no reason you can’t make this dream a reality. The best way to attract birds? With a bird bath. Concrete bird births are readily available to buy, or you can even craft one yourself collecting platters or plates from your kitchen and painting them. As well as enhancing the beauty of your garden, these will also be shallow and inviting enough for birds wanting to take a dip in the summer sun.

Add An Outdoor Water Fountain

What’s more refreshing on a summer’s day than the soft splash of running water? There are tons of water fountains available to buy, from small hanging fountains to large rock sculptures. Ceramic pot fountains are also perfect if you’re looking for a petite, yet attractive waterfall arrangement.

If you don’t have the budget, you can also get creative and find various DIY outdoor fountain ideas on the web.

What are your favorite outdoor decorating ideas for summer? Share them with us in the comments section below.

4 Tips for Environmentally Friendly Landscaping

Creating a more environmentally friendly lawn allows for minimal maintenance of your lawn in springtime, while keeping everything looking lush and green. The key is to minimize the resources you’re using as well as the output of waste, and whether you’re starting your landscaping from scratch or revamping your existing lawn, it’s easy to make sustainable choices. Here are some tips on how to create a more environmentally landscape in your own backyard.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

As we mentioned in the introduction, to create an environmentally friendly lawn, you need to reduce your waste, and reusing and recycling materials are the best way to do this. There are many ways you can recycle your garden waste, for example, after mowing your lawn, instead of just leaving your grass clippings behind, you could recycle them. You can also reuse materials from your garden to fertilize your lawn, like coffee grounds, banana peels and eggshells, for example.

Choose LED Lighting

Most outdoor spaces require lighting, and to save energy and create the most environmentally friendly garden possible, try to use LED lighting as opposed to traditional lighting. Not only do LED lights require less maintenance, they are also extremely efficient, consuming up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs and although more expensive initially, have greater longevity than most lighting fixtures.

Try Using Artificial Grass

Yes, nothing beats the smell of freshly cut grass, but if you’re trying environmentally friendly landscaping, replacing natural grass with artificial grass means you don’t have to mow your lawn, saving you time, and also means you’re not polluting your yard, since you’re decreasing the amount of gas pollution that goes into the air and into the ground. It also saves you money since you don’t need to buy fertilizers – substances which are also toxic to the animals that live around your lawn. Of course, removing your water-guzzling grass also saves you a bundle on your water bill.

Choose Low Maintenance Plants

What else guzzles water? Plants of course. Opting for low maintenance plans will not only save water, but also reduces maintenance. Consider planting the likes of asters, pansies, marigolds and tulips. Clover is also a great choice, since it’s naturally insect-resistant and contends well against weeds, cutting out your need for pesticides and weed killer.

If you have any tips for environmentally friendly landscaping, we’d love to hear them! Share in the comments below.